Dr. Jim Tiedje
Dr. Jim Tiedje is University Distinguished Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics and of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences, and is Director of the Center for Microbial Ecology, at Michigan State University. His research focuses on microbial ecology, physiology and diversity, especially regarding the nitrogen cycle, biodegradation of environmental pollutants and more recently on the use of genomics and metagenomics to understand speciation, community structure and functions. He has served as Editor-in-Chief of Applied and Environmental Microbiology and Editor of Microbial and Molecular Biology Reviews. He has over 500 refereed publications with google scholar citations of >70,000 and h-index 134. He served on the Board on Life Sciences of the National Research Council and Co-Chaired the Committee on the New Science of Metagenomics report. He served on EPA’s Science Advisory Panel and on DOE’s Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee. He was President of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) and the International Society of Microbial Ecology (ISME). He shared the 1992 Finley Prize from UNESCO for research contributions in microbiology of international significance and was awarded an Einstein Professorship in 2010 by the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He is Fellow of the AAAS, the American Academy of Microbiology, the Soil Science Society of America, the Ecological Society of America, and a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.
Dr. Wim van der Putten
Wim van der Putten graduated at Wageningen University in 1984 with a degree in ecology and then moved to the Institute for Ecological Research at Oostvoorne, The Netherlands. In 1989 he gained his PhD and Wageningen University and currently, he is head of the Terrestrial Ecology at the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO) and extraordinary professor in Functional Biodiversity at Wageningen University. Wim’s main interest is in aboveground-belowground multitrophic interactions, plant-soil feedback, succession, (soil) biodiversity, invasions, and climate change-induced range shifts. In 2004, he was awarded a VICI grant in order to study consequences of rapid range shifts due to current climate warming and in 2012 an ERC Advanced grant on community re-assembly under climate warming. In 2015 he was elected member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Wim has co-authored an overview report on soil biodiversity for the EC DGXI, a book on soil ecology, and is co-editor of both the European and Global Atlases of Soil Biodiversity. He co-founded the Wageningen Centre for Soil Ecology and the Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative (https://globalsoilbiodiversity.org/). Since 2016, he is member of the Board of Reviewing Editors of Science. Wim van der Putten has been coordinator of a number of European research projects (EUREED, CLUE, INVASS, EcoTrain), as well as PI in others (TLinks, Biorhiz, Consider, Soilservice, EcoFinders, and Liberation). He has been co-editor of a book on Soil Ecology, as well as on the European Atlas of Soil Biodiversity. Full list of publications on: https://nioo.knaw.nl/nl/employees/wim-van-der-putten#quicktabs-qt_personal_page_nl=4 Research ID: http://www.researcherid.com/rid/C-3707-2011 Orchid: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-9341-4442
Dr. Luca Montanarella
Dr. Luca Montanarella is scientific project manager in the European Commission since 1992. He leads the Soil Data and Information Systems activities of the Joint Research Centre in support to the EU Thematic Strategy for Soil Protection and numerous other soil related policies, like the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), the UNCCD, UNFCCC, CBD, etc… He is also responsible of the European Soil Data Centre (ESDAC), the European Soil Information System (EUSIS) and the European Soil Bureau Network (ESBN). Recently, he is in charge of supporting the establishment of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) at FAO, and currently chairing the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS) and the Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Land Degradation and Restoration Assessment. He has received numerous awards and memberships and has more than 200 publications, books and reports available here
More details at http://eusoils.jrc.ec.europa.eu/users/luca-montanarella
Dr. Laurent Philippot
Dr. Laurent Philippot is Director of Research at the French Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) and is leading a research group at the department of Agroecology in Dijon. He did a sabbatical at Georgia Tech in Atlanta and at the Swedish University of Agricultural Science (SLU) in Uppsala in 2000 and 2009, respectively. His research focuses on bridging microbial community ecology, microbial processes and ecosystem functioning using microbial guilds involved in nitrogen cycling and greenhouse gas. He is serving as Senior Editor of The ISME Journal and as editorial board member for FEMS Microbiology Ecology, Applied and Environmental Microbiology and Frontiers in Microbiology. He has over 120 peer-reviewed articles in ISI indexed international journals, including Nature Climate Change, Nature Reviews Microbiology, The ISME J, Trends in Plant Science, Global Change Biology, etc. with ISI citations of >6000 and H-index of 43. (Research ID: http://www.researcherid.com/rid/G-5598-2011). He participated in several European research projects such as EcoFinders, NORA and Metaexplore and his currently involved in the ERA-NET Biodiversa project “Digging Deeper”.
Dr. Ji-Zheng (Jim) He
Prof. Dr. He is Professor and Head of Department of Environmental Soil Science in the Research Centre for Eco-environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), and Professor of Molecular Soil Ecology at The University of Melbourne, Australia. His research interests focus on the soil microbial biogeography and biogeochemical cycles of elements in soil ecosystems. His research employs advanced bio-molecular and physicochemical approaches to understand the distribution and diversity of microbial communities in soils, and the processes and mechanisms of microbes-mediated element (e.g., N) cycles.
Dr He received his MSc and PhD degrees in Soil Science from Huazhong Agricultural University in Wuhan in 1989 and 1992, respectively. He then studied Molecular Ecology from Griffith University in Australia and subsequently joined the Chinese Academy of Sciences at Beijing as a research professor supported by Hundred-Talent Program of Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2005. He was appointed as Professor of Molecular Soil Ecology at The University of Melbourne in 2014.
Dr. He has published 150 peer reviewed papers in international journals (http://www.researcherid.com/rid/A-4488-2009) which have been cited over 4400 times with an H index of 35. His research demonstrated the predominant role of ammonia-oxidizing bacteria (AOB) rather than ammonia-oxidizing archaea (AOA) in nitrification of nitrogen-rich soils (Nature Geoscience, 2009) and the predominant role of AOA in acidic soils (EM, 2007; PNAS USA, 2010; ISME J, 2012). The paper on soil ammonia oxidisers in acidic soils which published in Environmental Microbiology in 2007 has been cited over 430 times. He serves international journals as Subject editor/ associate editor for Journal of Soils & Sediments and Soil Research, as editorial board member for FEMS Microbiology Ecology, Applied and Environmental Microbiology, Environmental Science and Pollution Research, Scientific Reports, and Frontiers in Microbiology.
Dr. Johan Six
Dr. Six received his PhD in Soil Science in 1998 from Colorado State University. His PhD research was conducted at the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory (NREL). His research focused on the mechanisms underlying greenhouse gas mitigation by no-tillage practices. Dr. Six remained as a Research Scientist at NREL from 1998 until 2002. He led and was involved in many projects investigating the effect of land use change and management on greenhouse gas fluxes in agricultural, grassland and forest ecosystems. At UCDavis (2002-2012), Dr. Six further developed this line of research with a focus on the feedbacks between ecosystem management options (e.g., tillage, cover cropping, green manuring, sustainable farming, and grazing), global change (e.g., elevated CO2 and climate change), and biogeochemical cycling. Since 2013, Dr. Six is the chair of the Sustainable Agroecosystems Group at ETH-Zurich, where he has continued the research program developed at UCDavis, but with more of an emphasis on landscape analyses and global Food Security. More specifically, he studies the complex interactions between soil (e.g, structure, texture and mineralogy), plants (e.g., diversity, nutrient uptake, and root growth), soil biota (e.g. fungi, bacteria, and earthworms), and the carbon and nitrogen cycles in terrestrial ecosystems, especially agroecosystems. His general approach is to conduct experimental work from the micro- to landscape scale and subsequently integrate it with modeling to interpolate and extrapolate it to the regional and global scale. The modeling has also as goals to identify gaps in our knowledge, generate testable hypotheses, and test the mechanistic bases of biogeochemical models. Furthermore, bio-economic modeling is conducted in collaboration with economic and social scientist to holistically assess the sustainability and resilience of agriculture and food value chains.
Dr. Six is a Chancelor’s Fellow of the University of California – Davis, a Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Philippe Duchaufour medallist in Soil Science and on the 2015 Highly Cited Researchers list of Thomson Reuter.
Dr. Xing-Guo Han
Dr. Xingguo Han is a professor in the Institute of Botany, the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He was graduated from the University of Georgia with a doctoral degree in ecology, and had experience on studies of biogeochemical processes in agricultural and forest ecosystems in the USA. He joined the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1992, and has ever since been working on the structure and function of grassland ecosystems in the vast Inner Mongolia steppe. His research interests include, but not limited to, biodiversity and ecosystems functions as affected by overgrazing and global climate change using long-term field inventory data, large-scale transect survey and manipulative experiments. He has supervised over 100 graduate students and postdocs, and authored or co-authored over 200 papers in peer-reviewed international journals. Supported by several national and international funding agencies, he has been very actively involved in cooperative research projects with scientists from North America and Europe. He has served on panels of several national programs such as the Chinese Ecological Research Network and Diversitas-China. Dr. Han has been the President of Botanical Society of Botany and the Vice-President of Ecological Society of China. He was also a Regional Councilor of the International Union for the Conservancy of Nature.
Dr. Diana Wall
Dr. Diana Wall, University Distinguished Professor at Colorado State University was appointed as the Founding Director of the School of Global Environmental Sustainability in 2008. A professor in the Department of Biology and Senior Scientist at the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory, Diana is responsible for helping faculty and students contribute to progress towards a sustainable future.
Dr. Fatima Moreira
Prof. Fatima Maria Moreira is a Full Professor at Federal University of Lavras, Minas Gerais, Brazil.
Dr. Kiwamu Minamisawa
Dr. Kiwamu Minamisawa is Professor of Environmental Plant Microbiology, Graduate School of Life Sciences, Tohoku University, and President of Japanese Society of Microbial Ecology (JSME; 2012-2016). His research focuses on the diversity and functions of plant-associated bacteria including soybean bradyrhizobia and microbial communities associated with rice and soybean plants in agricultural settings. In particular, he has been bridging microbial genomics/metagenomics and microbial processes in the environments with respect to nitrogen cycling and greenhouse gas emission on the earth. He is serving as Senior Editor of The ISME Journal (2011-2016) and Editor-in-Chief of Microbes & Environments (M&E; 2007-2010), and as editorial board member for Applied and Environmental Microbiology, Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions and Plant Cell Physiology. He has approximately 200 peer-reviewed articles in ISI indexed international journals, including Nature Climate Change and PNAS (Research ID: http://www.researcherid.com/rid/C-1585-2017).
Dr. Brajesh Singh
Brajesh is the Director of the Global Centre for Land-Based Innovation, and a Professor at the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, Western Sydney University, Australia. He has a strong research focus in the area of global (including land-use) change, biodiversity, ecosystem functions and sustainable development and is currently working on multiple projects to develop solutions for global change induced impacts on agricultural productivity and environmental sustainability.
Through his fundamental research, he aims to identify the quantitative relationships between microbial diversity and ecosystem functions and how natural/anthropogenic pressures such as land-use change and pollution affect these. His applied research harnesses the knowledge gained in fundamental research to contribute towards sustainable development, environmental protection and food security. As a trained microbiologist, he works at the microscopic/molecular/genomic level and scales up this information to landscape and global levels for practical applications.
Braj serves on multiple international panels including the EU’s International Bioeconomy Forum as an expert advisor. He has published well over 100 peer reviewed papers including in Nature, Nature Reviews Microbiology and PNAS. He has also co-edited books including the Global Atlas of Soil Biodiversity.
He obtained his PhD in 2003 from Imperial College, London and then worked at the Macaulay Institute, Aberdeen, UK, from 2002 to 2010. He moved to Western Sydney University in 2010 where he held a number of positions including the Theme Leader at the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment before taking the Director’s role at the Global Centre for Land-based Innovation.
Dr. Amy T. Austin
Dr. Amy Austin is Principal Research Scientist at the University of Buenos Aires and the government sponsored research institutes of IFEVA and IIB. In addition, she is the graduate coordinator for the master´s program in Natural Resources at the graduate school in the College of Agronomy. Her research interests focus on ecosystem ecology and particularly how climate and human activity interact to affect plant-soil interactions in terrestrial ecosystems. She has been working in the Patagonian region of Argentina for the last 15 years, using the pristine natural ecosystems as a baseline for understanding human impact of nitrogen deposition, afforestation and potential climate change on carbon and nutrient cycling in a wide range of ecosystems, from semiarid steppe to native southern beech forests. Amy received the Argentine L’Oréal-UNESCO prize for Women in Science in 2015 and has been active in trying to foster women to pursue careers in science.
Dr. Karl Ritz
Karl Ritz is a soil ecologist, convinced that soil is the most remarkable, complex and fascinating material on the planet, as well as absolutely fundamental to past and future civilisations. He is a passionate fundamental researcher, who focuses on understanding of the origins and functional consequences of the compositional and spatial organisation of soil communities. This work underpins the development of frameworks for understanding factors that regulate the activity of life belowground, systems to manage the biota appropriately, and incisive procedures for assessing and monitoring soil health. One of his key concepts is that of soil ‘architecture’, and his work on visualising how soil systems are organised in space and time - both literally and conceptually - has revealed many new insights into how life belowground is organised, and the functional consequences of this for the earth system.
Dr. Aimee Classen
Dr. Aimee Classen is an Associate Professor in the Rubenstein School of Environment & Natural Resources at the University of Vermont. She received her PhD in 2004 from Northern Arizona University, her BA from Smith College, and has held positions at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, The University of Tennessee, and the University of Copenhagen. Broadly, her work explores how ecosystems function and how interactions, both biotic and abiotic, influence patterns and processes within and among ecosystems. Her research happens across scales from the micro (soil food webs) to the macro (regional carbon fluxes) as well as across diverse terrestrial ecosystems (forests, meadows, bogs, tropics, boreal, temperate). Classen uses a combination of observations, experiments, and models to answer ecological questions. Classen is the Editor in Chief of Ecological Monographs and has served on the editorial bars of a number of other journals. She is the co-PI of the WaRM (Warming And Removal in Mountains) projects that explores how warming and changes in species interactions will alter ecosystem function in mountains around the world.
Dr. Thomas Bell
Dr Thomas Bell (bellmicrobelab.wordpress.com) is a Reader in Microbial Ecology and a Royal Society University Research Fellow at Imperial College London. His doctoral research at the University of Oxford (2001-2006) remains one of the strongest pieces of evidence linking bacterial biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. His doctoral research also revealed among the first bacterial biogeographic patterns using molecular methods. His subsequent research at the University of Oxford (2006-2011) and at Imperial College has followed these themes, focusing particularly on the interplay between ecological and evolutionary processes in microbial communities using laboratory microcosms and field experiments. Having focused on aquatic systems in his earlier research, he is a newcomer to soil. He is part of current efforts to link land usage, soil biodiversity, and ecosystem functioning across the United Kingdom (www.soilsecurity.org/u-grass) and to understand how bacteria disperse around soil environments.